Robert Bowers, the man who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, quoted from the Bible and talked about Jesus Christ online as part of this rhetoric against Jewish people.
Although the social media profiles for Bowers, 46, have been taken down following the massacre on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue, Heavy.com and other websites have shared archives exposing his rants against Jewish and Muslim people.
“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in,” he allegedly wrote on Gab minutes before the shooting, referring to a Hebrew immigrant group.
Last week, he wrote: “Daily Reminder: Diversity means chasing down the last white person.” His profile photo caption read, “Jews are the children of Satan. (John 8:44,)” adding “the lord Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.”
The Bible verse in question, which the shooter interprets refers to Jewish people, reads in full: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
The meaning and context of the verse continues being debated in Christian circles, though a lengthy analysis in Catholic Culture offers that Jesus’ words are not trying to depict all Jewish people as evil.
“The ‘devil talk’ of the New Testament is not meant to say that there is something uniquely wicked about Jews but to pound home the doctrine that all humans are bound by original sin, that mere ethnicity cannot save, and that baptism is the sacrament that frees us from sin,” the article states.
In other comments online, Bowers revealed that he does not support Donald Trump, since the U.S. president supports Jewish people.
“Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist. There is no #MAGA as long as there is a [slur referring to Jewish people] infestation. #Qanon is here to get patriots that were against martial law in the 90’s to be the ones begging for it now to drain muh swamp. But go ahead and keep saying you are #Winning,” he posted.
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Source: Christian Post